Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • At least two testers are happy with the engineered mesh and foam-backed side panels in the upper of the Under Armour Torch.
  • For something well below $100, these Under Armour basketball shoes deliver a lot.
  • A lot of those who left comments say that the 2018 Torch model from Under Armour looks great.
  • The full-length Micro G foam provides a lot of impact protection and court feel according to some wearers. UA’s HOVR-equipped basketball shoes (e.g. UA Curry 6 and HOVR Havoc) reportedly offer a similar cushioning experience.
  • The rubber outsole is very easy to wipe clean, says one wearer.
  • According to one buyer, the UA Torch is fairly breathable.
  • A few wearers say that these UA shoes have a fairly nice grip on the floor.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This summary is based on just a few reviews; points might vary when more reviews come in.
  • The insole is decent, but it still could use some improvement according to at least one player.

Bottom line

The Under Armour Torch might be a budget shoe but it carries with it a lot of on-court surprises. The materials that this model is made of surely do not make it look cheap. It is made of engineered mesh with foam-backed side panels. It has pretty effective traction and Micro G cushioning setups. Those who take basketball seriously will surely appreciate the goodness that this shoe offers.

 

Facts

Rankings

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The Under Armour Torch is an affordable alternative to the more hyped and more expensive models from brands like Nike and Adidas. This shoe features Micro G in the full length of its midsole. This cushioning material is said to provide lots of court feel and impact protection. These Under Armour shoes also have webbed lacing systems that keep the foot secure.

The shoes’ breathability and good fit are made certain by the their engineered mesh uppers, which are reinforced with foam-backed side panels. Finally, these UA shoes stop on a dime because of the rubber outsoles that feature the time-tested herringbone.

Cushion. The Under Armour Torch has a Micro G foam in its midsole. This material delivers lots of impact protection from harsh landings that could result from rebounds and jump shots. This cushioning setup also delivers a lot of court feel, which makes the Torch such a good shoe for smaller and lighter guards. In addition to Micro G, the shoe has a die-cut EVA sockliner.

Traction. The rubber outsole of this Under Armour budget model features the traditional herringbone, which delivers maximum floor control and grip. The outsole also features anatomical flex grooves in the forefoot. They enhance the shoe’s flexibility.

Length and Width. The Under Armour Torch has issues with size according to a handful of wearers. Because of this, online buyers are advised to find ways to try the shoe on in a local store before making the purchase.

Lockdown. The engineered mesh that the upper is made of contributes to the support that the shoe delivers. The Torch also has a webbed lacing system.

The upper of the UA Torch is made of a highly supportive and breathable engineered mesh. This material is reinforced by a foam-backed side panels. The tongue is made of a generously padded Air mesh to ensure comfort and enhance the shoe’s fit.

The Under Armour Torch is a mid-top with a thick midsole. It prominently features the Under Armour logo on both the rear lateral and medial sides. The tongue tab has the ‘UNDER ARMOUR’ callout.

The Under Armour Torch is released in a variety of straightforward colorways.

  • Black/Ghost Gray
  • Black/Metallic Silver
  • Black/White
  • Grey Flux/Grey Flux
  • Royal/White
  • White/Black
  • White/Midnight Navy
  • White/Red
Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com